Following a competitive application for the establishment of Centres of Excellent in the West-African/Central African Sub-region, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was awarded the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) officially took off in FUNAAB on 16th February, 2014, following approval at a University Special Senate Meeting.
The objective of CEADESE is to strengthen human and material capacity for agricultural development. The Centre is focused on teaching, learning and research excellent in agricultural productivity in the face of climate change challenges. The proposed action plans to achieve these objectives are divided into two broad activities: capacity building and research activities in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders in Agriculture.
The capacity building programme involves introducing new post-graduate curricula leading to Master & Doctoral Degrees in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment – (M.AgSE/PhD.AgSE) in response to specific challenges, short-term skill acquisition for industry stakeholders, specialized workshops and to introduce internships during post-graduate studies. The action plan for research programme consists of partnering with regional and international centres to conduct post-graduate students’ research that are demand-driven and will lead to regional development. This is intended to forge closer relation with industry and stakeholders in Agriculture in order to respond to their developmental needs through demand-driven research projects. In addition, the Centre is embarking on thematic climate and environmental challenges in the sub-region.
The M.AgSE/PhD AgSE degrees started with 6 programmes namely:
1. Crop Improvement and Seed Enterprise Development
2. Livestock Science and Sustainable Environment,
3. Food Processing and Value Addition,
4. Hydrology and Climate Change,
5. Agricultural Mechanization and Sustainable Environment and
6. Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy